Thursday, October 28, 2010


Upcoming events in WIlmington, Downtown, and THE BEACHES.

Area Events

Oct 26: Batty Battleship's Halloween Bash, USS NORTH CAROLINA 910.251.5797
Oct 27-28: Trick or Treat Under the Sea, NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher
Oct 30-31: Festival by the Sea with Arts & Crafts, Food Vendors, Music, Parade, & more. Holden Beach
Oct 30: Leland Trunk or Treat, Leland Municipal Complex Park, 910-332-4818 or e-mail
Nov 6: NC Holiday Flotilla Run/Walk Loop, Wrightsville Beach
Nov 6: Maritime Classic Road Race, Bald Head Island 910.457.7381
Nov 10-14: 16thAnnual Cucalorus Film Festival, Various locations in Wilmington
Nov 11- 21: The Nutcracker Ballet, Thalian Hall, Downtown Wilmington
Nov 13: PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach
Nov 13: Great Train Show & Sale, Wilmington Railroad Museum, Downtown Wilmington
Nov 26: Island of Lights Light Up Celebration at the Lake, Pleasure Island
Nov 26: Tree Lighting Ceremony & Flotilla Captain's Launch Party, Wrightsville Beach
Nov 26-12/22: Enchanted Airlie, Airlie Gardens
Nov 27: 27th Annual NC Holiday Flotilla, Wrightsville Beach
Dec 3-18: Christmas By The Sea Festival, Southport
Dec 3: Holiday Lighting of the Ship, USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship, Wilmington

Friday, October 22, 2010


Looking for some fun things to do in Wilmington, NC on SUNDAY?

Check these out:

Brewery Tour, Fun, Front Street Brewery, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm, FREE

Land of the Long Leaf Pine (major exhibit), History, Cape Fear Museum, Downtown Wilmington, Admission

Imagine It - Secret Skeleton Painting, Kids, Children's Museum, Downtown Wilmington, All Day, Admission

Amanda Hinson (junior recital), Music, Beckwith Recital Hall - UNCW, University Area, 4 pm, FREE

Denny's Annual showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Film, Juggling Gypsy, Midtown Wilmington, 10 pm

Frankenstein is Dead, Theater, Brown Coat Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 8 pm, $10

Ghost Walk, Tour, Riverfront Park, Downtown Wilmington, 6:30 pm & 8:30 pm, $12/$10

Hollywood Location Walk, Tour, Riverfront Park, Downtown Wilmington, 2 pm, $12/$10

Bibis & the Spare Change Band, Music, Bluewater Grill, Wrightsville Beach, 4 pm

Jon Reep (the Dodge Hemi guy), Comedy, Thalian Hall, Downtown Wilmington, 4 pm & 8 pm, $30/$24/$18

Karaoke, Music, Brown Coat Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 10 pm

Behind the Scenes Tour, Kids, NC Aquarium, Kure Beach, 2 pm, Preregister

Little Shop of Horrors (childrens theater), Theater, Hannah Block Historic USO, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm

Perry Smith (brunch), Music, Aubriana's, Downtown Wilmington, Noon to 2 pm

Proof (by David Auburn), Theater, Red Barn Theater, Downtown Wilmington, 3 pm, $27/$25

Puppet Art (special exhibit), Art, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm, $8/$5/Members Free

Restaurant Week, Fun, Encore Magazine, Specials at 25 restaurants

Richard McMahans MINI museum, Art, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 11 am to 5 pm

Rocky Horror Show, Theater, City Stage Theatre, Downtown Wilmington, 8 pm, $15/$18/$20/$22

Shadowy Tales from Unusual Minds: Poe, Kafka & Percy (youth theater), Theater, Cameron Art Museum, Midtown Wilmington, 3 to 4 pm, $8/$14

Subversive Films, Film, Juggling Gypsy, Midtown Wilmington, 8 pm

UNCW String Ensemble, Music, Beckwith Recital Hall - UNCW, University Area, 7:30 p

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wilmington, NC -What's Happening this Weekend - Zombies, Restaurants and Lifestyle tour

Wilmington Downtown Inc. is having their first annual “Downtown Lifestyle Tour” this Saturday. The event has been promoted through, print, web and radio. Tickets are $10 and have been selling well. The weather will be beautiful and they expect to sell more tickets Saturday morning for a great crowd. There are 15 properties on tour: including the 13,000 sq ft. loft space formerly owned by Dennis Hopper. Most of the tour sites are cool urban spaces that people say, “I never knew this was here!” when they see them. A few of the tour sites are for sale, like a Tanyard Parish listings, but most are occupied homes. Don't miss this uber cool tour on Saturday.

3rd Annual Zombe Walk will take place on Saturday, October 23. from 3-6 pm. Begins at the Brown Coat Pub and theatre at 111 Grace street. Adults and children are invited but each child shouldbe accompanied by one adult. Bring at least one non perishable food item to donate to a local food bank and an outfit you don't mind getting fake blood on. Find out more in the


* Dozens of local eateries are offering specially discounted dinners during Wilmington's third annual restaurant week. This is a great chance to support Mom & Pop restaurants and enjoy a special dinner.
* Our Chef James Rivenbark has created a very special three course dinner and we invite you to join us this week. Please click here to see our restaurant week menu. SOUTH BEACH MENU FOR RESTAURANT WEEK. Lots of restaurants are participating including: Priddyboys Sandwich Grill 419 S. College Road. See specials at, FlatEddies -, Mixto downtown. See detailed menus at

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Don't have a pumpkin, yet? Well there are plenty of places in Wilmington to find a pumpkin. Some are :

Wesley Memorial Church on S. College Road - have a multitude of pumpkins for pumpkins lookers of all ages. Some are even decorated for you...

On Market St or HWY 17 in Porters Neck there is a vendor on the right side of the road selling pumpkins. The folks selling pumpkins even are staying in a trailer in the parking lot. So you probably can get a pumpkin anytime if you want one. Pumpkins are even available for $ 5.00. I got one for $5.00 and there was a great selection in that price range. Don't let price stop you from getting a pumpkin.

In Scotts Hill there is a farm stand selling pumpkins.

Also on lower Market Street the PORT CITY Farm stand has pumpkins. Also I think there are pumpkins on the farm stands on Oleander and the one in Oleander Oaks. So all over Wilmington - you can find a pumpkin...for a very affordable price.


4 Tips for Setting the Right Sales Price

A recent article in the Washington Post brings up helpful points for selling in our current market. Selling property can be a challenge when sellers think their homes are worth more than their real estate professional, and buyers think these same homes are worth even less. By taking these basic factors into consideration and setting the price accordingly, the chances of selling increase.
How many homes are for sale in the neighborhood? The more homes on the market, the more important it is to list at the lower end of the scale.
Take short sales and foreclosures into consideration when pricing. If the competing properties are in lousy condition, they are less of an issue, but if they are well taken care of, yet priced 25 percent below market, they can be a serious factor.
Negotiate decisively. Minimize the back and forth.
Cut the price when you have to. If no one shows up for an open house; if no one calls; and if there are no offers, then the price is too high. That means it's time to make a meaningful price cut.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

WILMINGTON, NC - Homes for sale - Market Update

Market update for September, 2011
Decrease in homes inventory of 176
Total homes on the market - 5391 Strong buyers market
Listing inventory of over 14.2 month supply.
.2 Change from the previous month
Average list price - $ 365,898.
Decrease in seller s concessions to 23.5%
Average days on the market - 134
List to sold ration is 93% and is down .60% from last month; this number needs to get better.
The number of houses that sold in 15 days or less continues to remain very low, 13.8% of September sold homes.
The 30 year fixed rate mortgage averated 4.27 % with an average 0.8 points for the week ending October 7, 2010. We are now hitting historic lows in mortgage rates.
What a great time to buy a house.
Data submitted by David Flory of Cunningham Mortgage on Oleander Drive in Wilmington, NC. Call him for your best rate...

Saturday, October 2, 2010

What's Happening this Weekend in Wilmington, NC-RIVERFEST WEEKEND

Lots to do in Wilmington, NC this weekend. Of course you can always take a trolley ride but you must attend the 32nd annual RIVERFEST!!
Lots of things to see including bands, 100+ vendors, food, Invasion of the Pirates Flotilla, kids zone, and fireworks.
It is one of the most visited events in Wilmington with over 100K people expected to attend over the event Saturday and Sunday. The weather is going to perfect so why not attend. See
Also this weekend is the Back Door Kitchen TOur sponsored by The Residents of Old Wilmington, Inc. This features tours of the kitchen areas in nine homes located in Wilmington's historic district. Gourmet treats prepared by local restaurants will be served in several homes. View contemporary kitchens that blend with the spirit of historic homes and others that remain close to the original design. Saturday 12 - 5.
Also Family Fun Day is this weekend at the Bellamy Mansion Museum. Learn how children and adults were entertained in antebellum times with games of the period , singing, sachet making and puppets.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The Physical

An 80 year old man goes for a physical. All of his tests come back with normal results.

The doctor says, "George, everything looks great. How are you doing mentally and emotionally? Are you at peace with God?"

George replies, "God and I are tight. He knows I have poor eyesight, so He's fixed it so when I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, poof!The light goes on. When I'm done, poof! The light goes off.

"Wow, that's incredible," the doctor says.

A little later in the day, the doctor calls George's wife. "Ethel," he says,

"George is doing fine! But I had to call you because I'm in awe of his relationship with God. Is it true that he gets up during the night, and poof! the light goes on in the bathroom, and when he's done, poof! the light goes off?"

"Oh sweet Jesus" exclaims Ethel. "He's peeing in the refrigerator again!